Is it possible to have the same excitement knocking on door #1 as door #101 when people say no after no after no? The answer is YES and it’s possible to enjoy the rejection along the way. We know we don’t need everyone to say yes, but regardless it’s hard to hear no. On today’s…Continue reading Episode 60 | How to Enjoy Rejection
There’s usually two reasons why it feels like someone is dodging you, either 1.) they are or 2.) it’s all in your head. If you find yourself following up with potential donors over and over again, you may need to rethink your approach or you may need to avoid being too hard on yourself by…Continue reading Episode 59 | Why it Feels Like People are Dodging You
No one wants so sit through a painful fundraising pitch, so why would we ask our potential donors to say yes to that? Instead, let’s ask them for their valuable advice and then do what they say. After all, they are our potential donors. Many of them will tell you exactly what to do and…Continue reading Episode 58 | The Key to Getting More Face-to-Face Meetings
The Winter Olympics are in full swing in Pyeongchang, South Korea bringing together the best athletes from around the world. As the media interviews these athletes, we continue to see patterns of how each of them made it to the big stage and how each of us can learn from them. Here are the 8…Continue reading Episode 57 | 8 Things Every Nonprofit Leader Can Learn From the 2018 Olympic Athletes
Many of us forget that our nonprofit is ineffective if our leaders are overworked, exhausted and burnt out. Your cause is only as good as your leadership, so this episode focuses on how to protect your most valuable asset – You! For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook…Continue reading Episode 56 | How to Avoid Burnout and Take Back Control of Your Life
As you seek to raise more funds for your cause, the most important piece to the puzzle is having enough donors to fulfill every need that comes up. This means we need to ensure we can attract more donors to our cause. On this episode we talk through the 5 things you can do to…Continue reading Episode 55 | 5 Things You Can Do To Attract More Donors
It is 2018 and we are seeing less and less print mail in our mailbox these days, but does that mean that our nonprofits should stop sending out mailings as well? The answer is NO. Mass mailings absolutely still work, but why? Find out how you can make them work for you and how you…Continue reading Episode 54 | Do Mass Mailings Still Work?
Find out the two most critical ways to overcome the pressure to succeed. Mary shares how to take it easy on yourself as you focus on your ability to turn any stressful situation around. Often our greatest pressure comes from a place of opportunity. Find out how you can ensure that opportunity is a blessing…Continue reading Episode 53 | How to Overcome the Pressure to Succeed
Nonprofit and ministry leaders often jump into fundraising events before doing this one thing and that’s attending other events. How do you know how to put on a great fundraising event if you’ve never attended another event? Mary shares why it’s so important to attend events that are similar to the one you want to…Continue reading Episode 52 | The #1 Thing You Should Do Before Hosting a Fundraising Event
Who is your ideal donor? What do they do and why would they like you? We address these questions and more in this episode. Do you find that you are running out of prospects? Identify how to create a plan and how to promote the work you do where your donors are and not where…Continue reading Episode 51 | How to Identify and Secure Your Ideal Donor
It’s a new year and with the new year, you may need a new attitude to match! Today’s episode is about how to free yourself from the negativity, how to be a giver, and how to do more of what works. We are in more control of our success than we think we are and…Continue reading Episode 50 | How to Start the New Year with a New Attitude
hristmas movies of all time is Elf, featuring Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel. Check out this episode for the top 5 happiness quotes from the movie and how they relate to nonprofit leaders today. For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/
With only a few weeks left in the calendar year, I wanted to share with you the questions you need to ask yourself. Find out what needs to stay and what needs to go as we wrap up 2017 and head into 2018. How will you best share your message and clear out anything that…Continue reading Episode 48 | What 4 Questions Do You Need to Ask Yourself This Time of Year?
It’s December, which means it’s the most wonderful time of the year and the most stressful as well! If you are feeling totally overwhelmed here’s the 7 things you should do today. Don’t let your mind run you down the wrong path, learn what to do to take back control and stay on target to…Continue reading Episode 47 | 7 Things To Do When You Feel Totally Overwhelmed
Tuesday, November 28th is #GivingTuesday and we’re gearing up for the biggest nonprofit holiday of the year. Listen in to find out what 3 things you must do to make the most out of #GivingTuesday. For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit http://maryvalloni.com and join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/
This is our seventh episode in our 7-part series on “What is Fundraising Freedom and How Can I Get It?” This seventh step is all about making a difference and celebrating your success. This is why we work so hard. Find out how to speak your team’s language so you can celebrate them, how to…Continue reading Episode 45 | Part 7: Let’s Go Make A Difference
This is the sixth episode in our 7-part series on “What is Fundraising Freedom and How Can I Get It?” This sixth step is centered around how to organize your ask. We talk through how fundraising is like dating, how to avoid giving money and wealthy individuals more power than they deserve, and how to…Continue reading Episode 44 | Part 6: How Do I Organize My Ask
This is the fifth episode in our 7-part series on “What is Fundraising Freedom and How Can I Get It?” This fifth step is centered around how to deploy your team. Learn how to create a strong staff/volunteer partnership, give the right titles to empower your team and trust your team while releasing them to…Continue reading Episode 43 | Part 5: How do I Deploy My Team
This is the fourth episode in our 7-part series on “What is Fundraising Freedom and How Can I Get It?” This fourth step is centered around how to enhance your brand. Learn how to create a personal brand, an organizational brand, a high-quality logo, a one-page document, a case document, and a fundraising website. For…Continue reading Episode 42 | Part 4: How do I Enhance My Brand
This is the third episode in our 7-part series on “What is Fundraising Freedom and How Can I Get It?” This third step is centered around how to enlist your team. Learn how to find and recruit your lead volunteer, that one person who can serve as a team captain for your leadership team. Mary…Continue reading Episode 41 | Part 3: How Do I Enlist My Team
This is the second episode in our 7-part series on “What is Fundraising Freedom and How Can I Get It?” This second step is centered around how to run your research to understand your allies, competition, prospects and yourself. Identify how to best reach out and get the information you need to prepare for your…Continue reading Episode 40 | Part 2: How Do I Run My Research
This is the first episode in our 7-part series on “What is Fundraising Freedom and How Can I Get It?” This first step is centered around how to focus your vision to attain maximum clarity so your donors know who you are and what you stand for. For more information about Mary Valloni Consulting, visit…Continue reading Episode 39 – Part 1: How Do I Focus My Vision
Mary kicks off a 7-part series on the 7 Steps to Fundraising Freedom. This episode is an overview of what is to come with a breakdown of each step and what she’ll be unpacking over the next several weeks. For more info about Fundraising Freedom, check out maryvalloni.com
The 80/20 Rule, commonly called the Pareto principle, states how 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. This principle can be a great tool in our tool belt as we tackle our fundraising goals. Find out how you can use this rule to increase the odds that you’ll achieve your fundraising goal…Continue reading Episode 37 | How the 80/20 Rule Could Change Your Fundraising
Sometimes ideas resonate and sometimes they don’t. So, how do you know when you have a good idea you should implement? Mary shares the 5 ways to know and the next steps to ensure your team all moves in the same direction towards the same goal.
Most people show up to opportunities and experiences in their life with an empty cup. They show up looking for others to serve them. They make decisions based on what’s in it for them and not what’s in it for others. What would happen if you showed up with your cup full? Could you eliminate…Continue reading Episode 35 | How to Show Up, Filled Up to Every Ask
Find out what to do when a disaster strikes and you still have funds to raise. How do you and your organize move forward without taking a major loss? Join us Friday, September 8th at 10am CST for the September Fundraising Freedom Fellowship. Submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and join us Sept. 8th. Call in…Continue reading Episode 34 | How to Fundraise in the Midst of a Disaster like Hurricane Harvey
1.Busy people are hard workers. Productive people are smart workers. 2.Busy people look like they have a mission. Productive people have a mission. 3.Busy people are fixated on taking action (just do something). Productive people focus on clarity before action. 4.Busy people try to do it all on their own. Productive people find the best…Continue reading Episode 33 | The 10 Differences Between Busy and Productive People
Are you willing to shut down the negativity and focus 100% on the positive? As a fundraiser, you are in full control of your mindset. What if you looked at every ask as an opportunity. On this episode, you’ll learn how to make that shift and start to enjoy the fundraising experience.
In this episode, Mary shows you how to reach out to your ideal donor, ask the right questions, and get the exact verbiage you need to attract future donors to your cause. Learn how to create your target donor profile and understand how you can use testimonials to increase donations from your current donors and…Continue reading Episode 31 | How One Donor Can Unlock the Door to Tens, Hundreds, and Thousands of New Donors
Mary dives into the DISC model to discuss how to use your personality type to your advantage and how to surround yourself with the right people to build out your fundraising team. Using the DISC model, you have the ability to develop insights (Sherlock Holmes Research) after only a few minutes of working with someone.…Continue reading Episode 30 | How Your Personality Type Plays An Important Role In Your Fundraising
What options do you have when your donors become hard to please? Learn how to avoid getting yourself into the position and what to do once your there. This episode addresses the reality around giving and receiving gifts. To connect with Mary and the Fundraising Freedom Tribe, go to facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/
How would it feel to know at a glance the status of your fundraising and whether you or your charity will be getting paid this month? This episode is a behind the scenes interview with the owner and founder of SupportGoal, a support raising tool created by former fundraiser and missionary, Karl Meisterheim. After raising…Continue reading Episode 28 | An Interview With Karl Meisterheim, Owner of SupportGoal
Whatever that BIG goal is in your life there are only three ways to go after it. Do you… Go it alone Hire a coach Recruit a team Mary shares her experience with coaches and how they have transformed her view on how to reach her big goals. Send Mary a birthday message by: •Private…Continue reading Episode 27 | 3 Ways To Achieve That Big Goal
We all have those prospect names that remain on our list for weeks, months and sometimes years. The question we often ask is, “When do I remove them from my list?” On this episode we drill down into this question by asking the right questions and organizing our lists so we don’t waste time or…Continue reading Episode 26 | How to Know When It’s Time to Remove a Donor From Your Prospect List
It’s too easy to create this fundraising character that isn’t really authentically you. You don’t have to chance who you are just because you have funds to raise. In this episode you’ll learn the 3 things you can do in your next fundraising meeting to remain authentic and genuine.
The #1 question all fundraisers ask is “How much should I ask for?” Do you ever wonder if you ask for too much you may insult your potential donor or if you ask for too little that could be a disaster as well. Mary takes on the question and gives you the tips so you…Continue reading Episode 24 | How Much Should I Ask For?
Who does it best? We all want to know, are we at an advantage or disadvantage. Mary also addresses the emotional maturity that comes with being a fundraiser. Are you a fundraiser looking for community? Join the Fundraising Freedom Tribe at https://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/
It’s one thing to have a donor, but it’s another thing for that donor to advocate on your behalf. Mary shows you how to motivate your donors to share your message and share it better than you. How you can help spread the message of The Mary Valloni Show: 1.) Share a podcast episode 2.)…Continue reading Episode 22 | How to Mobilize Your Donors to Spread Your Message
Get the 6 steps you need to create a burning desire and reach your fundraising goal. This episode is based off of Napolean Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich. To receive a FREE download of Think and Grow Rich visit our Fundraising Freedom Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fundraisingfreedomtribe/.
Mary shares the mistakes we all want to avoid when it comes to fundraising. Why not make a few tweaks to increase and sustain those donations and donors for years to come.
Your cause is worth so much more than a multi-level marketing product, so don’t follow their lead if you want to be socially savvy. Learn how to be your true, authentic self and still connect potential donors to your cause using social media. To connect, visit http://maryvalloni.com. For information about the Fundraising Freedom…Continue reading Episode 19 | How To Be Socially Savvy and NOT Socially Spammy
In honor of Mother’s Day, this episode highlights how important women are to the donations you receive. How are you engaging them into your organization and what changes can you make to invite more women in? Apply for Mary’s Coaching Program! Click Here For more info or to connect with Mary, visit: MaryValloni.com
Great success comes from great leadership. Some nonprofit staff believe they can raise funds alone without volunteer leadership not knowing that this is a bad plan. Learn how a lead volunteer can make all the difference for your cause and why you need to start today to find your next campaign chair. For more…Continue reading Episode 17 | Why You Need a Campaign Chair
Create value in every newsletter and learn how to effectively share your message, highlight your donors, and stay on brand while doing it. For more info or to connect with Mary, visit: MaryValloni.com
Mary shares what 3 things you need in order for people to give to your cause. She breaks it down for you so you know exactly what to do so you can bring more donors in who won’t stop giving. For more info or to connect with Mary, visit MaryValloni.com
If you are dealing with donor fatigue or donor burnout, Mary shares how to avoid burnout altogether and if burnout has set in how to turn those relationships around. Learn how to ask for help from potential new donors and how to love on your current donors so they keep coming back! For more…Continue reading Episode 14 | How to do life with your future donors
A few lessons learned after spending 24 hours with a 6-year-old. For more info or to contact Mary, visit MaryValloni.com
Mary interviews communications advisor, Joel Kessel, who has been working with the media for nearly 25 years. He shares not only his expertise in the field of communications, but also his experience as a nonprofit volunteer and donor. For more information or to connect with Joel, visit joelkessel.com. For more information or to…Continue reading Episode 12 | How Can Your Nonprofit Get More Media Awareness?
Learn how to modify and share your story in a way that resonates with your audience and find out how you can turn those stories into more volunteers and more donors for your cause. For more info, visit MaryValloni.com.
Have you been asking for donations, but feel uncomfortable doing it? Here’s how to get to the point to best present your need in print, media, over the phone, and in person. For more info, visit: MaryValloni.com
Mary shares the pros and cons to fundraising through an event and how you can create urgency around a non-event fundraiser. For more info, visit MaryValloni.com